The Valerian plant’s flowers have a sweet, pleasant scent, in distinct contrast to the medicinal roots of the plant. The roots have a pungent odor, considered unpleasant by many. Regardless, many feel its benefits far outweigh this negative. Valerian root promotes healthy relaxation and sleep. It can be made into teas, tinctures and capsules. People who find the taste to be too unpleasant may prefer to grind it and take it in capsules, or make an extract.
PLEASE NOTE: Please use caution if using sedative drugs, as valerian has the potential to increase the effects of some sedatives.
To prepare as a tea: For the most therapeutic effect, we recommend making a decoction. Put 1 tbsp of roots in a small sauce pan. Cover the roots with 1 cup of water. Slowly heat to a simmer (be careful not to boil), cover for 10-30 minutes, then strain. You can initially put the roots in a tea strainer or filter, or put them straight into the pot and strain the roots afterwards. You may add honey or an alternative sweetener, along with herbal teas that will make the taste more appealing.
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